Here in St. Louis, MO our House of Studies is a joint project between the Central and Southern Provinces. We have long maintained a wonderfully collaborative relationship with each other and we continue to strengthen that each year through both the Studium here and by combining Novitiate classes at times as well.
Because of this close relationship it is those provinces, the Central and Southern, which are featured below.
Four U.S. Provinces
Throughout the world the Dominican Order is divided up into regional provinces.
In the United States, there are four “provinces,” or territories to which friars are assigned. They are each named after a Dominican patron saint, but they are also known by the territories they represent: the Central Province, for instance, covers the Midwest region, or the “central” part of the United States; the same, then, goes for the Southern, the Eastern, and the Western provinces and the designated territories that they represent.
Listing of U.S Provinces:
1. The Province of St. Albert the Great (Central)
2. The Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern)
3. The Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (West)
4. The Province of St. Joseph (Eastern)
Our Vocations Directors
OFFICE OF VOCATIONS, Southern Province
Fr. Francis Orozco, O.P. | Director of Vocations
Email: forozco @ opsouth.org
Phone: (786) 452-3479
OFFICE OF VOCATIONS, Central Province
Fr. Jude McPeak, O.P. | Director of Vocations
Phone: (312) 243-0011 ext. 726
The Central Province, or Province of Saint Albert the Great was established in 1939.
The Central Province is a network of Dominican campus ministries, parishes, and educational institutions in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, and New Mexico. Our special emphasis is on theological education, evangelization and campus ministry.
Central Province Friars also work in Bolivia, Nigeria and other parts of the world, communicating the word of God through preaching, theological education, and the promotion of justice and peace.
On December 8, 1979, as a response to the rapidly-growing Catholic population in the Southern United States, the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominican priests and brothers) approved the foundation of a new Dominican Province – the Province of Saint Martin de Porres.
Since the foundation of the Province of St. Martin de Porres, the Catholic Church in the South has experienced unprecedented growth, and with that growth an ever-increasing need for priests and brothers.
The influx of Latino, Vietnamese, and Caribbean immigrants, as well as the growing African-American Catholic community, has created a diverse and energetic Catholic faith community. The Dominicans of the Province of St. Martin de Porres stand uniquely poised and ready to minister to this culturally diverse Catholic population.